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Family Things to do

We have tried to list everything here that you can do with children in and around Appledore.   If we have missed something off or you would like to let us know about a good or bad experience please add it at the bottom of this page



Miky Way
North Devon's Biggest Family Day Out! If you're looking for fun days out and things to do in Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon Devon's tallest, fastest & longest roller coaster. Have a wild time in North Devon's biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses & slides built for adults & children. Kick back & watch their amazing live shows featuring Merlin from Britain's Got Talent, plus fantastic displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre.

Big Sheep
Situated on the North Devon coast just off the A39 Atlantic Highway two miles west of Bideford, The BIG Sheep is a leading member of Devon's Top Attractions (DATA) and known as one of the best family tourist attractions in Devon. When you're looking for things to do in Devon, The BIG Sheep is a great day out for the whole family. With so much to offer, everyone will enjoy their day out. As well as childrens' activities there's fun for adults too. There's a brewery for Dad, garden centre and sheepy shop for Mum, and of course Mum and Dad can run wild in the indoor playground and outdoor laser guns area too!!

The Gnome Reserve
Set amid truly rural countryside between Bideford and Bude just 7 miles from the Devon Cornwall border. The 4 acre Reserve comprises woodland, stream, 30 yard pond, meadow and garden - home to 1000+ gnomes and pixies, and about 250 labelled species of wild flowers, herbs, grasses and ferns. The children will love it because there is so much for them to discover from a woodpecker in a tree to a pixie flitting over clumps of comfrey. Recommended also for adults whose sophistication can have robbed them of a freshness of vision...The Gnome Reserve will rejuvenate you!

Westward Ho! Beach
Without a doubt the Beach is the largest attraction in the area offering over two miles of golden sand backed by a unique pebble ridge linking to Northam Burrows Country Park. The beach offers lots of free entertainment for children whether it is looking in the rock pools , play in the surf, building sand castles, flying kites or just watching the kite surfers. Even on a wet day there is plenty to keep everyone busy.

Atlantis Adventure Park
Atlantis Adventure Park is an all weather attraction for all the family located within Atlantic Village outlet shopping centre. A Perfect Opportunity to mix retail therapy for the adults and excitement and thrills for the kids all in one place! Activities include; Pirate Ship, Kids Cove, Jumping Pillow, Crazy Golf, Prize Maze and Panning for Gold

Exmoor Zoom
Exmoor Zoo is different, neither a wildlife park or a city zoo, but a more friendly and contact orientated zoo which has grown into the North Devon countryside. You get to meet the animals, join in the handling sessions, touch a snake, hold a spider, feed a wallaby and learn about the animals during talks and feed times.

Dartington Crystal
Dartington Crystal create contemporary crystal and glass. The visitors centre is a Great Day Out for all the family. Whilst there you will learn about the 40 years of history with Dartington Crystal at the Audio Visual Theatre, follow the Dartington Timeline from 1967 to present day, then watch the expert Master Engraving demonstration. Even buy that special piece and have it personalised. You can then watch the live demonstration of Studio Glassmaking and try the many hands on activities they have to offer.

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